Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We live in a day where it is far easier for people to criticize than praise, express disappointment than gratitude, complain than give thanks and count our losses rather than our blessings. However, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 contains three quick and to-the-point orders: always rejoice, pray continually, and give thanks in everything. These are short, simple, and straightforward commands. Even when we don't feel like rejoicing, we can choose to focus our eyes on the Lord's goodness and grace: The only way to rejoice always is to pray continually through close, daily fellowship with the God who supplies us with supernatural, soul-satisfying joy. Last, give thanks in ALL circumstances, not FOR all circumstances, in ALL circumstances. To me, this means your circumstances may not be extraordinary, God is great, and your circumstances may seem impossible; all things are possible with God. This kind of gratitude requires you to trust that God holds every moment of your life securely in his grip. That is a lot to be thankful for!

REFLECT This passage plainly states: "This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." God's will for you is to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks to him in every circumstance and at all times. So next time you feel defeated, depressed, or not sure how you're going to move forward, pause and with a heart of thanksgiving, thank the Lord for being with you, for guiding you, and taking care of your every need. Ask Him to teach you to focus on your blessings, not your burdens. To see His goodness and grace and to fill you with His supernatural joy!